Associate Professor of Sociology
Ph.D., Michigan State University, Sociology, 2002
M.A., Ohio University, International Affairs/Latin American Studies, 1992
B.S., Southern Illinois University, Economics/Finance, 1987
Interests: Rural/Environmental, Agrifood Systems, International Development
Middendorf's research interests are in the areas of rural and environmental studies, the sociology of agriculture and food, and international development. His recent work has included a study of information needs of organic growers and retailers, and a study of agrarian landscape transition in eastern Kansas. He has published a number of articles and chapters on the implications of agricultural biotechnologies and on agricultural science and technology policy. He and colleagues recently publish The Fight Over Food, a book on current challenges to the global food system and the implications for agency and transformation (2008, Penn State Press). New projects underway include work on the role of Latinos in agriculture in the Great Plains, and a large study of the impacts of biofuels development on rural communities in Kansas and Iowa. For further information on current research, teaching and service activities, follow the link below.